New programs at Craven Early College

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) The start of a new school year is bringing several new programs and activities for students at Craven Early College High School in hopes to better prepare its students for life after high school.

New additions to the school include revamped career and technical education, technology, engineering and design class.

Michelle Smith, CTE teacher says, "We all know things are moving so quickly so for them to understand basic CAD operations and be able to create CAD drawings, for them to be able to understand how to mechanically put together equipment and robotics and how to move things and how to make things work appropriately, how to do electronics, electronically wire, solder and put together things."

This program isn't brand new but it does have a different instructor with a new take on things.

Smith says, "I like for them to learn success through failure and life isn't about trying something once and you pass or fail, you try something and when it doesn't work you continue."

Aside from learning different engineering, and software skills, Smith also focuses on soft skills.

Gabriella Delagarza, Early College East student says, "We learn more about communication skills, more about how to communicate well with others, group projects and learning how to cooperate with others when we don't see eye to eye."

And outside of the classroom one student made it his Eagle Scout project to expand and improve an outdoor basketball court for the new school year.

Early College East student Isaiah Bosse says, "It's a lot of fun since we don't have those extra curricular or fun time to play sports so being able to do it here during the school day is a lot of fun."

The high school's technology, engineering and design class also has some new equipment that students will be able to use, including kits to build underwater robots.